There are many applications where an unobstructed aerial view of a surrounding area is advantageous, whether for surveillance reasons, security, vantage point, wildlife viewing, or otherwise. The concept of observation towers isn’t new, the very idea of getting to higher ground for an advantage is primal in nature, but the observation towers at Porta-King are anything but. Porta-King Towers are constructed with high grade materials, built to withstand the elements and time.
Observe & Record with Comfort, Safety
The taller the structure, the greater the impact of wind and other elements can be felt at greater heights. Structural engineers who design tall buildings and skyscrapers use wind load calculations in their analysis of the structure, as an important and key safety feature.
This principle is directly correlated with outdoor observation towers. While not nearly as tall as the buildings you’d find in a major metropolis, our High Rise Tower has a maximum height of 52’ top of deck, careful consideration is still taken when planning your tower's use, maximum height, and other vital features.
Porta-King stands on the shoulders of giants here, both metaphorically and literally. All of our towers; guard towers, range towers, band towers, rappel towers, sports video and viewing towers, provide a safe and advantageous viewpoint for the users. These towers have been and are continually constructed using the highest quality materials, with a galvanized finish designed to withstand abuse, and resist rust and corrosion. All structures are built to comply with local building codes, geographical requirements in the area they are installed, and accommodating seismic and wind loads.
As with most Porta-King modular structures, our observation towers family of products can accommodate nearly any footprint. This gives our clients the flexibility to alter the structure for a number of different uses; for instance, adding a prefabricated building as a control booth on your tower for your firing range or a guard tower for a prison.
A Wide Range of Applications
Observation towers can be utilized across several applications. The structural integrity, rigorous testing, and custom design remained unchanged, but the purpose and layout are tailored to each unique requirement.
Guard towers help protect your facility by increasing the user’s field of vision and keeping them safe from all conditions, be it environmental or job hazards. They provide an unobstructed view of the surrounding area, making sure that guards can do their jobs effectively, allowing for high visibility in the surrounding area from their unique vantage point.
Band director towers are a necessity for any school with a marching band program. These structures elevate the band director and the videographer for a clear view of practice from a safe vantage point. Band towers are offered in two distinct options: the film tower lite (Crow’s Nest) for more economical jobs, and the Porta-King field tower (High Rise) for more robust options.
Rappel towers, is another popular application. These structures are ideal for police, military and government training, as well as recreational use, especially in areas where access to natural rappelling structures are not readily available. All tie offs’ and fast roping lugs are designed to meet stringent ANSI standards.
Similar to band towers, sports video and viewing towers offer coaches, A/V staff, and others, the best Point of View, while keeping safety first. Features such as lockable entry door, internal galley stairs, guard railings, and rigid framework all keep the focus on the task at hand.
Observation towers certainly don’t have to be pigeonholed to just these applications. In one particular instance, the city of Belle Glade Florida reached out to Porta-King to plan and develop a recreational bird-watching tower for avid bird watchers in the area. Porta-King has the ability to design the perfect tower to suit your specific needs.
A View Worth Taking In
Porta-King has been designing and planning observation towers for years, and the experience has truly allowed us to view from the summit. While many can offer a similar product, Porta-King’s high quality service, expertise, and experience stand out among the pack. The basic features that you may be concerned about are always first and foremost in our mind, eliminating redundancies in the process.